Do you have trouble concentrating? Do you
find that youre more forgetful than used to be? Or sometimes zone out during the day? You may be dealing with brain fog. Brain fog can be a side effect of some cancer treatments and medication. Brain fog can last for a
short time or may go on for years which can make it
difficult to do the things that you What do nutrition and food have to do with
it? A healthy diet can help keep your brain working well by providing a steady source the fuel
and nutrients. For a healthy brain follow these tips. Power up with protein. Your brain needs protein to send
messages that help you remember things, do your daily tasks and regulate your
mood. All great reasons to add healthy protein such as beans and lentils, fish, lean
chicken or turkey or eggs to your plate. Go for whole
grains. Whole grain are brain boosting foods because they contain nutrients such as
folate, zinc and magnesium. Examples include oats, millet and spelt. Folate may help prevent
memory loss in older adults. Zinc plays a role in regulating mood and magnesium helps reduce the effect of
stress on your brain and the body. Get more
vegetables and fruit. Choose vegetables and fruit in a variety of colors. to get the widest variety of
antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your brain cells from damage from the environment and aging. Own those Omega-3’s. Omega 3’s play an important role in
memory learning and behavior and may protect
against alzheimer’s disease and dementia. You can
find them in foods such as fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, walnuts, and some seeds and their oil such as flax. Harness hydration a common cause a poor
concentration is dehydration or not getting enough fluids.
Most adults should aim to get two litres of fluid each day or more if you’re exercising intensely,
sweating lots, or have side effects such as vomiting or
diarrhea. Fluids are anything that is liquid at
room temperature such as popsicles, jello, broth, tea, and of course water. Balance that
plate. Make your meal a brain boosting one by
choosing a balance between all the things that we talked about. Colorful vegetables and fruits, lean
protein sources, Omega-3 fatty acids and whole grains. Follow these tips for brain healthy diet.
There lots of other things that you can do to help manage brain fog. For a link to one of our pamphlets check
out the description below.